Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or drones) are becoming a popular option for aerial photography, airborne sensor deployment and even as a delivery platform. Applications such as these require reliable communications between the ground and the UAV itself - typically involving a radio link of some sort. It is not generally possible to deploy high-gain antennas on the UAV itself (due to omnidirectional radiation pattern requirements) but directional antennas at the ground station can be used to focus transmissions in the direction of the UAV and therefore achieve the high gains required for reliable communications.
The aim of this project is to investigate, design, characterise and construct (if time permits) directional ground station antenna(s) at a frequency of 2.45GHz with fixed vertical but varying horizontal beamwidths for use in UAV communication applications.
A design (and implementation, if time permits) of a directional antenna suitable for use in UAV applications.
Lab allocations have not been finalised